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Does Sony Micro-Manage Game Development?

A former Naughty Dog employee claims that Sony pressured the developer to create Uncharted instead of an unnamed fantasy title in order to appeal to an older audience. In this piece, I share my reaction to his comments.

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Godmars2902274d ago

Wouldn't exactly call being told to make one type of game rather than another "micro" managing.

Being told to a certain type of game with such-and-such elements within such-and-such time is micromanaging.

MaxXAttaxX2274d ago (Edited 2274d ago )

Why is only Naughty Dog and Uncharted mentioned/tagged in this article?
Last time I checked, they said that Sony pushed ALL of its studios to aim for a more realistic approach, not just ND.

It's not really "micro-managing".

They give their devs time to make games. Polyphony, Team ICO and even Insomniac(being third-party) was given an extra year to work on Resistance 3 .

NukaCola2274d ago

Sony micro-manage?

That's worth a larf. They give the the devs all the resources and time they need. They are the only company in console gaming that gives the devs full control int ehir product(outside letting them put their games on another system, unless its an MMO of course) Look at GT5 and how much time they gave them. Hell, look at FFversusXIII. Sony is really far to kind sometimes, but if Sony didn't work the way they did, we wouldn't have 10-15 exclusives a year. They really give the devs maximum to time to create the best experiences possible. At least in my opinion.

smashcrashbash2272d ago

You are right. Think about it.Which system except a Sony one would have given games like HR, LBP and Demon Souls a chance?

fluffydelusions2274d ago

Funny because I hear the complete opposite all the time. From what I've heard it's enjoyable to be under Sony's wing from a developer standpoint.

Why o why2274d ago (Edited 2274d ago )

hmmmm, developer list growing NOT shrinking kinda points to the opposite. Im sure they do have some kind of input but if what the things have had to say about their relationships with sony are anything to go by it seems they give more freedom than both of their competitors especially with retail games. Pros and cons of each of this gens players models. Sonys seems to work well for them which in term works well for me as ive benefited since i purchased the console to the present day.

Godmars2902274d ago

Kind of have to wonder why 3rd party devs like Square all but outright abandoned the PS3 for the 360, much less why then MS began implementing demands.

Or would it just be better to ask why Sony failed to deploy "tech support ninjas" like they had in the PS1 days?

Why o why2274d ago (Edited 2274d ago )

thats called.... you cant win em all dude...well known idioms.

sony will have some control and say... im not one of these devs so i obviously cant make a 1st hand comment

tarbis2274d ago

Yes, like how Bamco put TOV in 360 instead of PS3. It's not how Sony failed. It's how the 3rd party devs were blinded by Benjamins.

Lifewish2274d ago

How is telling them you think Uncharted would do better because of an older audience, micromanaging? And if Sony told them to make a game that would go on to be one of the most beautiful games ever, then thank you Sony!

Also, as we have seen with numerous PS3 exclusives, Sony allows their developers to take their time, see GT5, FFXIII Versus, and The Last Guardian

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